I had my back lawn returfed in February. However after rotovation, th
turf was laid straight onto clay. As a result there is more mud tha
lawn this winter. It has been suggested that I need to have th
existing turf rotovated and a layer of fine gravel laid and the
returfed. Is this the best way of draining the soil and when would b
the best time to do this
Remove the old lawn then you need to rototill in compost in to the top 8 inches
of the soil This will bust up the clay soil which will improve drainage and add
lots of good nutrients to your soil. If you are going to re-sod you can do
this anytime the sod farmers in you area will deliver fresh sod. If you are
going to seed the lawn, I prefer the fall because of less weeds, but it can be
done in the spring.
Water forms puddles on the surface of clay. Adding sand will improve
drainage. Adding compost will allow the soil to retain the water.
Because you have clay, gypsum is probably a good additive. It breaks
up the clay and improves the drainage. It's less expensive than fertilizer.
There are people (including me) that will tell you gypsum only helps if
your soil has a chemical imbalance, otherwise it's a waste of your money.
Stick with adding organics and/or drainage, there isn't a magic powder cure
for that problem.
Please refer to http://www.paulparent.com . Search for "gypsum".
You'll find, "If your soil is heavy and water seems to sit there, apply
some garden gypsum to soften the soil and improve drainage." I trust
the source. Paul has degrees in horticulture from UMass Sturbridge.
(I'd love to go through that program!).
You might also look at:
"Gypsum will not improve a clay soil unless the soil also happens to be
"Adding gypsum to sandy or non-sodic soils is a waste of money, natural
resources, and can have
negative impacts on plant, soil, and ecosystem health"
"As far as relieving soil compaction, gypsum has no effect."
"The only soil that can be benefitted by adding gypsum is a soil high in
sodium, called "sodic soil" or "black alkali." "
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Yeah It says that on the bag too, it must be true right?
It's calcium, an amendment to the chemical structure of the soil. It
doesn't do anything else to dirt. No magical soil massage in a bag going on
Glad to help you again, Stub.
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